Dress Codes in Schools
Dress Codes are Necessary
Dress codes are very important to students in school. For one having a dress code keeps students more disciplined and focused on their studies. Also, it promotes school safety and a positive environment.
According to the article: school dress codes are necessary and constitutional, 67% of schools saw improvement in concentration, 72% saw increase in school spirit, 75% saw decrease in peer pressure, and 85% saw better participation. And, "having a school dress code does not infringe on the students rights to freedom expression." A positive impact on behavior and academic performance also comes out of having a dress code in public school.
In the article: Fashion Police: should students be allowed to wear what they want to school? "Some people express who they are through what they wear, but, people shouldn't judge who people are just based on what they wear. People are more expressed by how they act around others and how they deal with stuff." "It is in the constitution that people have the right to express themselves through art, music, the way you dress, or even the way you wear your hair." Some schools agree with that, but some schools are starting to abuse their privileges and the dress code rules need to be enforced, and, in some cases schools are starting to enforce that students must wear a uniform. In 1969 the U.S. Supreme Court said that students have a right to wear what they want- to a point. So as long as students don’t abuse their freedom they wouldn’t have to have to wear uniforms or strict dress codes. Dress codes are also needed because students can’t be distracted in class, and what students wear cannot be hurtful or harmful to others around them. Principal Jaggon says “clothing isn’t the only way to show individuality, dress codes aren’t meant to stop freedom of expression.” (Modiglioni)
Do Kids Abuse Their Freedom of the Dress Code Policy?
Some people abuse their freedom of not having dress codes. Without the dress code people think they can wear anything they want, so people start to wear inappropriate clothing apparel. 91% of parents agree there should be dress codes. (Hamilton 9) Dress codes also help students realize they can express themselves other than with what they wear.
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